Day 3 and 4 of Diet/Challenge

So I forgot to allot time to write about Day 3 yesterday so I will write about both days and their respective recipes to follow. ūüôā

On Day 3 I noticed I had more energy than the day prior and I wasn’t feeling gross/blah like I had on Day 2. ¬†I still had hunger pangs (obviously the detoxing still) but they came less often than of the first two days in the challenge. ¬†I still had my dreaded dry coughs so I was prepared to add more ginger and lemon to most of the juices I was making to aid in my recovery process.

I started off in the morning with something called a “Hot Soother”, which consists of hot water, lemon, and honey. ¬†I also added a few shakes of cayenne pepper to help clear my sinuses; it’s not needed but I like that extra spicy kick in my drink. ¬†I then made myself a “Cantaloupe Shake” to combat any of my current allergies (cantaloupe with skin). For lunch I prepared “Popeye’s Favorite” to incorporate more iron into my system, which I thought I needed. ¬†I thought it would have more spinach than other ingredients but I was wrong. ¬†In this recipe it seemed carrots dominated. ¬†I didn’t mind because I love carrots but really Popeye? ¬†I figured you to be an all-spinach guy…

Anyway I had to be somewhere soon after so I skipped my mid-afternoon juice, which would have been the “Liver Mover” with beets and an apple, and went to happy hour with a “Ginger Pear Cooler”. ¬†The recipe calls for lemon but I ran out and used a full lime instead. ¬†A little sour since some of the pulp was whole and spicier than most drinks because there was more ginger called in the recipe. ¬†I still ate some of the organic crackers my dad bought for snacks, a package of the roasted seaweed sheets, and some chili crackers at my cousin’s house.

For dinner which I juiced prior to arriving at my cousin’s house, I made a different “Cleansing Tonic” which made a good 32oz of juice (also because apparently I didn’t measure right and used half of a green cabbage instead of a 1/2 inch wedge…). ¬†Sometimes I don’t know what I was thinking…haha. ¬†Even still, the large juice made me full, was tasty, and made me run to the bathroom every 10 minutes to pee.

Oh yeah…note: juicing makes you pee every 10-15 minutes or so. ¬†All in a body’s work to detox but can be¬†inconvenient ESPECIALLY when stuck in traffic or driving a far destination.

People can be so cruel…my cousin is doing the Master Cleanse diet with lemons, organic maple syrup, and cayenne pepper (among laxative/nighttime teas and ones with sea salt) along with me doing the raw food/juicing challenge, and my aunt (her mom) decides to cook some mouthwatering, yummy-smelling fried rice in the kitchen nearest us. ¬†Both of us are in our first week of our diets and it’s killer to smell all the good foods without being able to enjoy eating them. ¬†Evil, evil people.

I got home that evening and didn’t drink any chamomile tea because I was just too tired and had school the next day.

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On Day 4 which was yesterday, I woke up rather late and prepared late so I had to skip the breakfast and mid-morning juices (which I won’t skip next time) and went straight into lunch which I prepared a “Super-Eight Stress Reliever”, which I read is great for overweight/obese people. ¬†I would assume it’s because there are 8 really awesome vegetables being used to help organ function and boost health. ¬†I didn’t have collard greens so I substituted them for some red kale I had, and I also didn’t have any red bell peppers so I used a green bell pepper.

After making that I hastily gathered my supplies and ingredients to make my mid-afternoon juice because class was starting in an hour and I had to drink this right before leaving and bring the happy hour juice with me. ¬†For my mid-afternoon I made a “Healing Smoothie” because I wasn’t able to get nutrients from the morning, and the banana blended with the juices would help me through class, since I would usually drink a juice every 2-3 hours. ¬†For my happy hour drink, I made a “Hawaiian Fizz” because I wanted something different than the other juices I have done in the past few days. ¬†Sure I can just get the same nutrients everyday, but it’s good to try different things. ¬†I also made sure to pack some organic crackers in case I got hungry through class, but I didn’t really need it.

After a short trip to the grocery store for more carrots, green apples, some granola for snacks, and oatmeal for breakfast, I had to drive home. ¬†That was most uncomfortable for me because I needed to pee really bad AND I was stuck in traffic. ¬†Oh..my..goodness. ¬†And yes, if you’re wondering I went right before I left the store too! ¬†Once I got home, skipping the bathroom details, I went to juice my dinner. ¬†I made the “Green Goddess” using all of the green vegetables and fruits I had in my inventory. ¬†I had to substitute spinach for red kale because I ran out, and used dino kale to replace collard leaves. ¬†I also added some green bell pepper just to make it really “green” ha. ¬†I think from now on I should just plan on using a 32oz container to drink out of for my dinner juices because I end up having more than 24oz of juice in the end, whereas the other juices tend to end up between 6-12oz.

The next time I have my classes I am going to wake up earlier and plan my time wisely because juicing takes time, and cleaning up afterwards takes even longer. ¬†It’s the truth. ¬†Look for the recipes of Day 3 and 4 soon. ūüôā

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